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Day for Night: A Novel Hardcover – April 26, 2010
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I believe that this book is meant to be read by mature individuals - those very people who have experienced life, questioned it, coped with adversity, and survived. If you are a young person, and by this I am referring to someone, perhaps, in his or her twenties or thirties, do read this book. However, please keep it to be read again later in life.
While reading `Day for Night, I experienced a mysterious and magical travel in time. Suddenly, I was in my paternal grandmother's kitchen. She was speaking to me in her native language, as she usually did. However, she was not saying very much for she seldom did. Everything was a mystery, and somehow, this was okay with me. I think that my childhood prepared me to understand this book.
Readers, most likely, will seek answers to the puzzles presented in `Day for Night.' I read, and I read. Then, I sobbed. I knew the answers would come to me quietly, perhaps, suddenly. Most of my questions were answered.
I do believe that if anyone is able to understand how millions of innocent people - Jewish people - could be corralled, sent to concentration camps and systematically be killed, then there are no mysteries.
In `Day for Night,' the reader is informed that in 1941 five hundred Jewish [male] intellectuals are gathered together, in Kovno, thinking one thing. They may escape mass execution. Instead, they are slaughtered leaving behind families. Again, if a reader is fully able to comprehend this history, then there are no mysteries.Read more ›
The title is undoubtedly taken from Francois Truffaut's superb movie, whose theme is that movies are more important than life for those that make them. In the book's context, it is the narratives that make up our lives. And what are narratives but the integration of the deepest memories that have broken up like shards and scattered, or hidden in our deepest and repressed recesses? Our narratives don't exist in isolation; the stories travel, the voices make up our universal experiences and nourish our shared humanity. We are a latticework of voices.
Reiken's novel consists of ten narratives. In each one, a character is brought into focus, their individual story highlighted. Most characters reappear in several of the other narratives, sometimes in the background, or in counterpoint, or even as a parallel. The core story underpinning all of the narratives is a story of survival during the Holocaust. Five hundred Polish-Jewish men in Soviet-occupied Lithuania were promised jobs as intellectuals, as archivists. When they assembled, they were killed. The story has taken on a fable-like history, the fable being that two of the men have survived. These two men are related to the present-day narrators in some way, either directly or through six degrees (or less!) of separation.Read more ›
DAY FOR NIGHT is a literary mystery of coincidences and connections. Its ten chapters (each nearly a short story) are told from different points of view, exploring characters' deep backstories and linking them into a growing story in progress. It calls to mind the TV series Lost and the film Crash -- the chains of events that lead people to meet and interact and discover amazing things.
I liked pulling back and considering how the stories were building and how they might all be brought together. And I liked being on each page -- traveling around the USA and to Poland and especially Israel with characters I cared about; spending time in nature and with animals; and exploring an aspect of the Holocaust that I'd not previously encountered. Highly recommended.
(Review based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher.)
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Smart, layered, symbolic, beautiful. Loved this book and appreciated the intellect of the author. This is a book that will keep you thinking and piecing together all the small... Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I am an avid reader, read well over 100 books per year. I have vivid, indelible memories of perhaps ten books or so that, literally, changed how I understand life. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by faithful urban reader
With no warning, I discovered DAY FOR NIGHT (audiobook version). It is a magnificent and breathtaking journey into serous philosophical and metaphysical inquiry into the... Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Tulipmedia
Frederick Reiken became one of my favorite authors after I read this book, which I loved. Memorable characters with memorable stories told in an interesting, non-linear way. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Sue Cohen
I bought this book due to the low cost. I don't read very much fiction, but thought I would give this book a chance. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Susan Helder
Frederick Reiken can write well but this book is too choppy, with too many characters who don't come alive and too many plot details to hold together. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Book lover -Philadelphia
Please note that this book does have glimpses of clever writing -- but for the most part is an exercise in and of character manipulation -- occasionally successful -- but generally... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by moonspinner
decent read,nothing earthshattering, but a twisty idea.
His NJ book was more enticing, although this one was enjoyable and has a good twist at the end